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Implementation of EU anti-tax avoidance directive

The bill of law to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2016/1164 on anti-tax avoidance (ATAD) in Luxembourg law was made available on 20 June 2018. Subject to parliamentary approval, Luxembourg will introduce controlled foreign corporation (CFC), interest deduction limitation and anti-hybrid rules. It will also modify its existing general anti-abuse rule..

Portugal: Competition and the right to compensation for damages

Act 23/2018, establishing the legal framework on the right to compensation for damages from infringements of competition law, was published on 5 June 2018. This legislative act transposes into Portuguese law the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 November 2014, which established common rules to all Member States on […]

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

What do employers need to know about whistleblowing policies?

By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?

I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

By Miranda Nairn There is a common misconception that once in possession of a decree absolute (the final decree dissolving a marriage), your divorce is done and dusted and you and your ex-spouse can walk off into the sunset, in opposite directions, never to see or hear from each other again. In fact, unless you […]

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KPMG targets associates for business development drive

Accounting giant KPMG is targeting law firm associates as part of its latest business development drive ahead of an expected boom in restructuring work. KPMG’s restructuring group is teaming up with the firm’s busiest unit, the forensic accounting team, to invite associates to its first-ever associates’ networking night at Tower Bridge next Thursday night (20 […]

Bakers hires former BAe counsel as COO

Baker & McKenzie has hired former British Aerospace counsel Chris Pierce-Cooke as global chief operating officer (COO), based in Chicago. Pierce-Cooke, who began his career with CMS Cameron McKenna in London, has spent the past seven years as worldwide managing director of organisational consulting services at Philadelphia-based consulting group Right Management. His career also includes […]

Weil Gotshal expands in Asia with Hong Kong launch

Weil Gotshal & Manges will open its ninth international office by launching a Hong Kong offering next month, the firm announced last night. Weil also announced that it would be applying for a Beijing license in the near future, which, if successful will be the firm’s third Asian office. The transatlantic firm will parachute over […]

Conveyancing and PI most negligent practice areas

Property and personal injury (PI) work spawned the highest number of negligence claims against solicitors in the first three quarters of 2007, according to professional indemnity insurance broker Lockton Professions. Just under a third of claims (29 per cent) related to domestic property, with 13.4 per cent stemming from PI advice. At the opposite end […]

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